Doctor Who Roundup: Neil Gaiman Will Write Again, Neil Cross Will Too, And Moffat On An Older Doctor
There’s a lot going on in the world of Doctor Who besides the upcoming 50th Anniversary Special. The Christmas episode will start shooting soon, and work on Peter Capaldi’s first season as the new Doctor is well underway. We’ve rounded up some of the latest goings on in the Whoniverse and two of the writers who will be providing scripts for the new Doctor.
Neil Gaiman is already a fan-favorite writer, but he quickly became a fan-favorite Doctor Who scriptwriter with his two episodes The Doctor’s Wife and Nightmare in Silver. The author recently spoke to Doctor Who Online about his works, his love of Doctor Who, and if he would write a third episode. Gaiman said that he would love to return, and the Doctor Who production team would love to have him. The only thing standing in the way of him writing a new story is time. He says given the choice, he wishes the BBC would pay him in time instead of money. Gaiman said the time he would have used to write a new episode has been used for a book tour instead. He is still going to write a third outing however. He said it is scheduled for season 8, but it could well be pushed to season 9. You can see the full interview below, but the third episode talk and Gaiman praising Peter Capaldi starts around 5:38.
Another writer will be returning for a third turn at writing as well. Another Neil, this time Neil Cross, will be providing a script for the new season. Cross provided scripts for the season 7 episodes The Rings of Akhaten and Hide. Cross spoke with Stuff.Co.NZ about coming back for a third outing:
I am going back. I have got story ideas tucked away, but if I told you about them I would have to kill you. There’s a whole bunch of stuff I want to do. Steven is clearly very busy with the 50th anniversary special and Christmas special, but I have to find out from Steven what his intentions for the Doctor are and what sort of stories he wants me to write. “I am really excited about writing for Peter Capaldi, and equally sad not to have the opportunity to write for Matt Smith again. I think Matt Smith has been the most outstanding Doctor to date.
The final stop on the Doctor Who train is Steven Moffat talking to Doctor Who Magazine about the benefits of an older Doctor and what might be explored with Peter Capaldi’s Doctor:
The Doctor’s always said he’s thousands of years old, and suddenly he’s going to look closer to what we know he secretly is” says Steven Moffat. He’s going to look like an older man. A fiercer man. He won’t be the dashing young man he was a minute ago, and I think that’ll be rather exciting.
[Capaldi]‘s always looked like Doctor Who, how has this taken us so long?! Because the moment you say his name, you go ‘Of course!’ Because he’s got the hair, and he’s got the look, he’s brilliant, he’s known to be a fan, of course it’s bloody him!
So Neil Gaiman is coming back for a third episode, Neil Cross gets added to the soon to be expansive list of season 8 writers, and an older Doctor won’t be as dashing but he will be fiercer. With the 50th fast approaching and Christmas soon to follow, it’s going to be a good winter for Doctor Who fans. What do you think about Gaiman coming back?